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My LibriVox recordings & my reading journal (solo Litblog).


Christmas Short Works Collection 2013

LibriVox logoA selection of poems, short stories and other prose for the Christmas season in English, Finnish and German.

I contributed 2 poems to the 2013 Christmas collection.
They are entitled “Christmas in the Heart” and “Christmas Carol”, both by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). Both of these poems are taken from “The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar”.

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Book: A Century of Roundels by Algernon Charles Swinburne

LibriVox  logoLibriVox  logoA Century of Roundels
by
Algernon Charles Swinburne
(1837-1909)

A roundel (not to be confused with the rondel) is a form of verse used in English language poetry devised by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909). It

 is a variation of the French rondeau form. It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. A roundel consists of nine lines each having the same number of syllables, plus a refrain after the third line and after the last line. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line: it may be a half-line, and rhymes with the second line. It has three stanzas and its rhyme scheme is as follows: A B A R ; B A B ; A B A R ; where R is the refrain. Swinburne had published a book A Century of Roundels. He dedicated these poems to his friend Christina Rossetti, who then started writing roundels herself, as evidenced by the following examples from her anthology of poetry: Wife to Husband; A Better Resurrection; A Life’s Parallels; Today for me; It is finished; From Metastasio. (Summary by wikipedia)

This project is a bit of milestone for me, as it’s my first solo project.

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Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern volume 2 by Charles Dudley Warner, ed.

LibriVox logoThe “Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern”, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering “American households a mass of good reading”, the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of books, the collection offers, before each chapter, a short essay about the author or subject in question. In many cases, chapters contemplate not one author, but certain groups of works, organized by nationality, subject or period; there is, thus, a chapter on Accadian-Babylonian literature, one on the Holy Grail, and one on Chansons, for example.
The result is a collection that holds the interest, for the variety of subjects and forms, but also as a means of first contact with such famous and important authors that many people have heard of, but never read, such as Abelard, Dante or Lord Byron. According to the editor Charles Dudley Warner, this collection “is not a library of reference only, but a library to be read.”
This second volume contains chapters from “Anacreon” to “Auerbach”. (Summary by Leni)


 



 
My contribution to this collaborative effort is “05 – The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen”.

http://www.archive.org/download/worlds_best_literature2_librivox/worldsbestliterature2_05_various_64kb.mp3″Running time=25m 11s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations & the book text…


Autumn Leaves, Original Pieces in Prose and Verse by Various, Anne Wales Abbott ed.

LibriVox logoThe pieces gathered into this volume were, with two exceptions, written for the entertainment of a private circle, without any view to publication. The editor would express her thanks to the writers, who, at her solicitation, have allowed them to be printed. They are published with the hope of aiding a work of charity,—the establishment of an Agency for the benefit of the poor in Cambridge,—to which the proceeds of the sale will be devoted. Summary by Anne W. Abbot, ed (1808-1908)

My contributions to this collaborative effort :-
“06 – The Sounds of Morning in Cambridge”
“07 – The Sounds of Evening in Cambridge”
“23 – Fashion”
“29 – The Home-Beacon”
“30 – The Fourth of July”

This way to listen to each recording, for the download locations & the book text…


Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern volume 1

LibriVox logoThe Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering “American households a mass of good reading”, the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of books, the collection offers, before each chapter, a short essay about the author or subject in question. In many cases, chapters contemplate not one author, but certain groups of works, organized by nationality, subject or period; there is, thus, a chapter on Accadian-Babylonian literature, one on the Holy Grail, and one on Chansons, for example.

The result is a collection that holds the interest, for the variety of subjects and forms, but also as a means of first contact with such famous and important authors that many people have heard of, but never read, such as Abelard, Dante or Lord Byron. According to the editor Charles Dudley Warner, this collection “is not a library of reference only, but a library to be read.”

This first volume contains chapters from “Abelard” to “Amiel”. (Summary by Leni)

My contributions to this collaborative effort:-
“16 – Essay on Joseph Addison by Hamilton Wright Mabie”
Running time=36m 9s (mp3@64kb)
http://www.archive.org/download/library_worlds_best_literature_01_1007_librivox/worldsbestliterature1_16_various_64kb.mp3″
and
“17 – Selected Works by Joseph Addison”
Running time=37m 52s (mp3@64kb)
http://www.archive.org/download/library_worlds_best_literature_01_1007_librivox/worldsbestliterature1_17_various_64kb.mp3″

This way to the download locations & the book text…


“Sketches by Boz: Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People” by Charles Dickens

LibriVox logoSketches by Boz is a collection of short pieces published by Charles Dickens (1812-1870) in 1836 accompanied by illustrations by George Cruikshank. It consists of 56 passages divided into four sections: “Our Parish”, “Scenes”, “Characters”, and “Tales”. Of these, only the last contains fiction. (Summary by Wikipedia)

My contributions to this collaborative effort are:-
“36 – Characters 4: Miss Evans and the Eagle” http://www.archive.org/download/sketches_boz_1007_librivox/sketchesbyboz_36_dickens_64kb.mp3″Running time=12m 55s (mp3@64kb)

“37 – Characters 5: The Parlour Orator” http://www.archive.org/download/sketches_boz_1007_librivox/sketchesbyboz_37_dickens_64kb.mp3″Running time=14m 33s (mp3@64kb)

“38 – Characters 6: The Hospital Patient”Running time=11m (mp3@64kb)

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A Book of Old English Ballads by George Wharton Edwards

LibriVox logoGeorge Wharton Edwards (1859-1950)
In this selection… the aim has been to bring within moderate compass a collection of these songs of the people which should fairly represent the range, the descriptive felicity, the dramatic power, and the genuine poetic feeling of a body of verse which is still, it is to be feared, unfamiliar to a large number of those to whom it would bring refreshment and delight. (Summary from introduction).

My contribution to this collaborative effort is “Section 02 – King Cophetua and the Beggar-Maid”.
http://www.archive.org/download/book_old_english_ballads_1007_librivox/oldenglishballads_02_edwards_64kb.mp3″Running time=5m 54s (mp3@64kb)

and “Section 09 – Barbara Allen’s Cruelty”
http://www.archive.org/download/book_old_english_ballads_1007_librivox/oldenglishballads_09_edwards_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 52s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations & the book text…